Biofuel production demonstration plant

Biofuel production demonstration plant

Biofuel production demonstration plant

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The spread of biofuels and the situation in Japan

The SDGs enacted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015 set out "GOAL13: Specific Measures for Climate Change." In addition, the Paris Agreement, which was agreed at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) in December 2015 and is an international framework for climate change issues after 2020, will mainly focus on CO2 by 2030. Japan's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26% from the 2013 level.
Under such circumstances, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), to which Japan is a member, has agreed at the 2016 General Assembly that CO2 emissions will not be increased after 2020, and is seen as a promising countermeasure. The introduction of biojet fuel is progressing in the United States, major EU countries, Canada and Australia, as well as Asian countries such as Singapore, Thailand, China and India.

On the other hand, in Japan, the introduction of bio-jet fuel has been delayed for major countries in the world.
Regarding biofuels for automobiles, the target is about 18% * 1 by 2022 in the United States and 10% by 2020 in EU countries, and the goal is to use it as a breakdown of all automobile fuels * 2, but Japan. By 2022, the target for introducing biofuels to replace gasoline and diesel is only a few percent * 3 per year.

  • * 1: The target for introducing biofuels in the United States is set at 36 billion gallons in 2022, which is about 20% of the total fuel for transportation in the United States according to our estimation.
  • * 2: From "2014 Petroleum Industry System Survey and Research (Survey on Trends in Foreign Countries and Operation of Sustainability Standards for Biofuels) Report" (Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.).
  • * 3: From "Regarding the status of examination of the notification of the Advanced Law concerning the introduction of biofuels" (Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Policy Division, Resources and Fuel Department).

Japan's first
Biojet diesel fuel
Manufacturing demonstration plant

As the introduction of biofuels progresses around the world, Euglena announced on December 1, 2015, the start of a plan for the practical application of domestically produced biojet diesel fuel (hereinafter referred to as the "Domestic Biofuel Plan") in cooperation with Yokohama City, Chiyoda Corporation, ITOCHU Enex, Isuzu Motors, and ANA Holdings. On June 1, 2017, construction of Japan's first demonstration plant for biojet and diesel fuel began, and construction was completed on October 31, 2018.
It will start full-scale operation in the spring of 2019 and manufactures "SUSTEO" using used cooking oil and microalgae Euglena (Japanese name: Astragalus) as raw materials.

Plant overview

place Tsurumi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Site area 7,787.6㎡
Manufacturing capacity Nissan 5 barrels
Production volume Annual production 125KL (quantity varies depending on test implementation status and maintenance occurrence status, etc.)
Manufactured item Bio-jet fuel, next-generation bio-diesel fuel, bio-naphtha, etc.
Manufacturing technology Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process (commonly known as BIC process)
* Licensed by Chevron Lummus Global / ARA
Total investment Approximately 5.8 billion yen (including subsidies from Kanagawa Prefecture and Yokohama City)
  1. ①反応装置棟原料(使用済み食用油やユーグレナ油脂)からバイオジェット燃料とバイオディーゼル燃料を製造する設備。
  2. (2) Biofuel tank A tank for storing manufactured biojet fuel and diesel fuel.
  3. ③ Storage tank A tank that stores fuel that is a mixture of biojet fuel and biodiesel fuel with petroleum-based fuel.
  4. ④ Shipment site Equipment for shipping completed biofuels.
  5. ⑤ Office building There will be an office for remote control within the demonstration plant and management and operation within the demonstration plant.
  6. (6) Utility equipment Equipment that supplies steam, compressed air, etc. to the demonstration plant.

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